An inclusive, non-judgmental, and empowering guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum life that puts mothers first, offering straightforward guidance on all the options and issues that matter most to them (and their partners) when preparing for a baby.
In Birth Without Fear, January Harshefounder of the global online community Birth Without Feardelivers an honest, positive, and passionate message of empowerment surrounding everything that involves having a baby. It's a guide that fills in the considerable cracks in the information available to women and families when they're preparing to welcome a childcovering care provider choices, medical freedom, birth options, breastfeeding, intimacy, postpartum depression, and much more.
Birth Without Fear shows moms, dads, partners, and families how to choose the best provider for them, how to trust in themselves and the birth process, and how to seek the necessary help after the baby has arrived. In addition, it will educate them about their rightsand how to use their voice to exercise themas well as how to cope with the messy postpartum feelings many people aren't willing to talk about. Unlike other pregnancy books, Birth Without Fear will also help partners understand what mothers are going through, as well as discuss the challenges that they, too, will faceand how they can navigate them.
Shattering long-held myths and beliefs surrounding pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum experience, Birth Without Fear is an accessible, reassuring, and ultimately inspiring guide to taking charge of pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
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About the Author
The mother of six children, January Harshe knows firsthand how widely birth experiences can range. In 2010 January founded the Birth Without Fear Facebook page and Birth Without Fear Blog in order to spread her message of empowerment, to give women their voices back in the face of a powerful medical industrial complex and widespread cultural ignorance about birth. Soon, Birth Without Fear became so much more than a websiteJanuary had sparked a movement. Her community had grown so big that January expanded her platform so she could speak directly to areas of specific need. She created Take Back Postpartum, Don't Forget Dads, and Breastfeed Without Fear under the Birth Without Fear tent, all of which today collectively represent a social media following of over 1 million and counting.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Empowered Pregnancy
Chapter 1 Variations of Normal: First Trimester Without Fear 3
Chapter 2 Advocating for Yourself: Second Trimester Without Fear 21
Chapter 3 Your Body Is Amazing, Your Baby Is Wise: Third Trimester Without Fear 39
Part 2 Options, Support, and Respect: Labor and Birth
Chapter 4 Variations of Normal Are Normal: Hospital Birth Without Fear 57
Chapter 5 All Warriors Have Scars: Cesarean Without Fear 73
Chapter 6 Vaginas Do Open, Babies Do Come Out: VBAC Without Fear 87
Chapter 7 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know-About Home Birth But Were Afraid to Ask: Home Birth Without Fear 97
Chapter 8 When Your Destination Requires a Detour: Backup Plans Without Fear 121
Part 3 Taking Back Postpartum
Chapter 9 Postpartum Without Fear 131
Chapter 10 You Do You, Boo: Self-Love Without Fear 155
Chapter 11 Cracked Nipples, Inverted Nipples, and Bottle Nipples: Feeding Without Fear 169
Chapter 12 You Are Not Alone: Mental Health Without Fear 187
Chapter 13 Hey, I Remember You: Sex and Intimacy Without Fear 199
Conclusion: The Self-Love Generation 213
Birth Without Fear Harmony Circle Guide 216
Questions for Care Providers and Birth Plan Templates 221
Recommended Resources 243
About the Author 265
About the Author of Partner Point of View 266
What People are Saying About This
“The first book on pregnancy, childbirth, and the tender postpartum period that will leave you feeling truly supported, understood, and informed. January bravely calls out in a straightforward, funny, and thought-provoking way where we have gone wrong with prenatal and postnatal care, and how women can reclaim their experience and find empowerment on their journey to motherhood.”
“With endless warmth and encouragement—and not a single ounce of judgment—January Harshe shares a wealth of wisdom and resources to help you discover what the best pregnancy and birth experience is for you. Birth Without Fear is a must-have book for anyone who is preparing to welcome a baby into the world.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book covers every topic from conception to postpartum with a loving, inclusive tone that is easy to read, informative, and truly inspirational. A lot of books will tell you that "this will happen then" or "that will happen at x-amount of weeks," but January Harshe constantly sounds the horn of variations of normal, that there is no one way to be pregnant, no one-size-fits-all, right way to birth a baby, and best of all, that there is no shame in feeling like being a new mom is hard, challenging, and sometimes depressing and lonely. There are sections in every chapter dedicated to the partners, all written by January's husband, Brandon. They are short and sweet and to the point, and often funny. There are birth plan templates for every kind of birth--hospital, cesarean, home, or birth center, an in-depth glossary of terms so you won't be clueless as to what this means or what that acronym stands for, and a comprehensive list of resources at the end of the book for whatever life situation you may find yourself needing help with during your pregnancy and/or postpartum.